Indian Football

'Indian players have the talent but lack strength & belief,' claims Mohammedan striker Marcus Joseph

Arjun Singh Devgan
The 2021/22 I-League is currently underway
The 2021/22 I-League is currently underway / TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/GettyImages

Trinidad and Tobago and Mohammedan Sporting striker, Marcus Joseph has revealed that it is a privilege for him to play in the I-League and that Indian players have the talent but lack the belief at times.

Joseph has been brilliant for Mohammedan Sporting this season, netting 16 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions so far, and what is even more impressive is that he scored 10 goals in his last eight games - which saw him winning the I-League player of the month for March.

The 30-year-old's performances in front of goal is one of the main reasons why Mohammedan find themselves placed second in the I-League table with 27 points, six behind leaders, Gokulam Kerala. The striker is confident that his side can challenge for the title, despite the league coming to an end soon.

“We need to keep going and keep the pressure on Gokulam. I feel I have performed really well so far this season. It’s going very well and team is playing good football, but it can be better well and we always have to try to improve. I want to keep scoring goals and creating chances for the team and the ultimate goal is to try to win the I-League," he told Gulf News.

"I think I can score at least 20 goals this season in the I-League, but the players need to come together and to help me. It is a team game and we all need to be doing our part to help the team progress and achieve its targets. It’s a great privilege to play in this league and I want to say thanks to the club for having me here.”

Indian football has seen a number of legend emerge, with the likes of Bhaichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu among others playing in Europe. However, there have been very few players from the country who play in foreign leagues, something which Marcus believes is due to lack of belief.

“They have the talent that is for sure, they are very good players and have impressed me a lot but I think they lack strength maybe and belief in themselves. They lack confidence," Joseph concluded.